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Death Toll Rises To 60 Amid Huge Blazes Outside Athens

Athens (July 24, 2018): Wildfires raged through holiday resorts near Greece’s capital,in Mati village, 30 kilometres east of Athens, killed at least 60 people by early Tuesday and injuring more than 104, including 11 in serious condition. 

According to International news agency, it is the deadliest blaze to hit the country in more than a decade.Greece sought international help through the EU as the fires on either side of Athens left lines of cars torched, charred farms and forests, and sent hundreds of people racing to beaches to be evacuated by navy vessels, yachts and fishing boats.

According to authorities, Military drones remained in the air in the high winds to help officials direct more than 600 firefighters below.Dimitris Tzanakopoulos, government spokesperson said in a statement that early today that the death toll exceeded 60 while more than 88 adults and 16 children were injured.

Mati is in the Rafina region which is popular with local tourists, particularly pensioners and children at holiday camps.

In another fire earlier Monday, Greek authorities urged residents of a coastal region west of Athens to abandon their homes as a wildfire burned ferociously, closing one of Greece’s busiest motorways. Wildfires are not uncommon in Greece, but a relatively dry winter created tinder box conditions.

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